Zoos

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Baltimore

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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
1876 Mansion House Drive
Baltimore
MD
21217
Tel: 410 396 7102

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the 3rd oldest zoo in the whole of the country? Tha'ts pretty amazing! It was created in 1876, and has been giving families and beautiful family day out every since!

Can you guess what the first animals were that joined the zoo? They were in fact 4 beautiful swans - isn't that lovely!

These days, the zoo encompasses a huge 135 acres, and is filled with over 200 species who call the zoo home. The zoo make sure that they are housed in very natural settings that replicate their native habitats, rather than in environments that they aren't used to, which means they will always be happy and healthy!

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore have some amazing exhibits, where kids and families can learn all about the creatures of the world. The newest exhibit is for the sweet African penguins, where there is a special underwater viewing area so kids can see the animals swimming and playing as they would in the wild.

They also house 46 endangered penguins, and are one of the largest breeding colonies in the the USA so it's a great way for kids to learn all about looking after our planet and our animals. 

Of course, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore are home to so many more mammals, including the lion, elephant, alpaca, arctic fox, goat, cheetahs...and even ones you may not have heard of like the Blue Dulker and Lesser Kudu! An amazing and eye opening experience for the kids. 

Kids can also learn about the animals in their very own backyard, and not just the exotic. Don't forget to check out the various animal experiences too, which will really fill your day with unique zoo activities!

The animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore are waiting to make friends! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18
  • Children$13 (ages 2 - 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 4pm

Open daily March to Dec. Friday to Mondays Jan and Feb.

Teachers corner

Free admission for school groups? Yes please! For Maryland schools you get free experiences, but anyone can head to the zoo for an amazing experience with the school if you call ahead to book. .

I'm Hungry!

There a vending machines, as well as a cafe and refreshment stations with burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and snacks! There is even BBQ at the Railway Express!.

Healthy Eating!

The Whistle Stop Cafe have a Natural Selections Menu where you can get lighter and healthier food options. .

Any Top Tips?

If you plan to go a few times, check out memberships because you get free entry! .

Doing our bit

The zoo ensure the animal's welfare is first and foremost, so they really look after them and make sure they are happy and not stressed in their environments..

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available to rent for $9..

Baby Facilities

Strollers are available to rent from $6.

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop where plush animals, books, toys and apparel are all up for grabs as a reminder of how amazing the day was! .

More information

You can buy your tickets online and print them at home if you don't want to queue when you get there. .

What people are saying?

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    I took my 18 month old to the zoo and we both loved it very much. They've got a rich exhibition and some exotic animals that I've never seen at any other zoo. This zoo is not as big as the Smithsonian one but has a much better selection. If you are a big panda fan, go to Smithsonian, otherwise the zoo in Baltimore is more enjoyable.Ticket costs $17 but I think its worth it. An annual pass is $65 or so and it's such a great value. Will purchase one come back often.

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    Went for the first day of the new penguin exhibit. Very nice exhibit, 12 million well spent. You can tell they're desperately trying to upgrade as they get funding. I haven't been here in 6 years because it had gone down hill

    All the snack places are new and reasonably priced for attraction purposes. $2.50 for a bottled water is to be expected.

    Having a 9 month old, the amount of shaded areas they had were great. The train ride and carousel were nice. Again, the price wasn't outrageous for these either.

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    Highly recommended for corporate events!!!

    We recently had our annual retreat at the Mansion House and we had a great experience. The price of an all-day rental, compared to other venues, was quite affordable. We had 120+ attendees, and two interactive workshops. The layout of the Mansion House made our large crowd feel comfortable. Sienna and Jane from the zoo made sure our day went off without a hitch and they were more than accommodating.

    During lunch we had animal ambassadors come visit and they were the hit of the day! Tails the penguin had...Read More

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    I visited yesterday. Half the exhibits were closed and there was tons of construction, but that didn't really bother me. The one sight that ruined the whole visit for me was the male elephant. I believe his name is Tuffy. He stood in one location swaying his head side to side endlessly, his trunk dragging on the ground. His small enclosure was separate from the other elephants. He had defecated multiple times in the spot he was standing, as he had been standing there for quite a while. I asked a staff member by the penguin exhibit why this elephant...Read More

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    Feeding the giraffe was awesome. Very kids friendly. My only complaint was the overall layout of the zoo. Things could be easily missed, and at one point you are forced to decide between the lions of the monkey house. We had to walk around an entire section of the zoo twice to see both.

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by Stefani LaViers

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Went for the first day of the new penguin exhibit. Very nice exhibit, 12 million well spent. You can tell they're desperately trying to upgrade as they get funding. I haven't been here in 6 years because it had gone down hill

All the snack places are new and reasonably priced for attraction purposes. $2.50 for a bottled water is to be expected.

Having a 9 month old, the amount of shaded areas they had were great. The train ride and carousel were nice. Again, the price wasn't outrageous for these either.

4/5 stars because they still have some updates to do. They obviously need a bigger lions exhibit, as they have 3 adults and 3 Cubs and cannot have them out all at one time due to limited space. The giraffes and the elephants have a smaller enclosure as well. Hopefully they can change that sooner than later.

by Alex Robinson

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Highly recommended for corporate events!!!

We recently had our annual retreat at the Mansion House and we had a great experience. The price of an all-day rental, compared to other venues, was quite affordable. We had 120+ attendees, and two interactive workshops. The layout of the Mansion House made our large crowd feel comfortable. Sienna and Jane from the zoo made sure our day went off without a hitch and they were more than accommodating.

During lunch we had animal ambassadors come visit and they were the hit of the day! Tails the penguin had his photo taken with almost every attendee. The animal handlers were very friendly and knowledgeable about the animals.

Our day concluded with a scavenger hunt around the African Journey portion of the zoo. The only suggestion I would make would be for the zoo to update the scavenger hunt for adults, since eight of our 14 teams got perfect scores.

by Nicole G

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I visited yesterday. Half the exhibits were closed and there was tons of construction, but that didn't really bother me. The one sight that ruined the whole visit for me was the male elephant. I believe his name is Tuffy. He stood in one location swaying his head side to side endlessly, his trunk dragging on the ground. His small enclosure was separate from the other elephants. He had defecated multiple times in the spot he was standing, as he had been standing there for quite a while. I asked a staff member by the penguin exhibit why this elephant was behaving this way, she dismissed it as breeding behavior. But that is BS, this is the behavior of an intelligent animal deprived of space, stimulation, social interaction, etc. I have found other accounts of this happening to elephants in captivity, this swaying behavior is never seen in the wild (and certainly not associated with breeding). I have read complaints from as far back as 2011 of other visitors noticing this depressed, neurotic behavior in Tuffy. I posted on the Zoo's FB page, inquiring what their plan is to help this poor elephant, but have received no response. They are ignoring me just like they are ignoring the elephant. Heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. I have no power to help this elephant, they do. But they don't and won't. Please do not support this institution.

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